ELIZABETH - The woman at the center of a state judge nomination controversy this week fueled in part by Gov. Chris Christie spoke out to add another unexpected element into the controversy's already volatile mix: the implication that the famed Hoboken-based baker known as the "Cake Boss" played a role in her ongoing troubles.
Democrats had hoped on Monday to move forward a package of nominations in what was expected to be a pro forma Senate judiciary committee meeting. But one of the nominees for judge, former Christie administration Director of Employee Relations David Cohen, got slagged when state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) brought up a June 21 letter from a former Christie administration employee who asserted that Cohen did not adequately address her boss’s behavior towards her.
After the Democratic members of the committee moved to put off Cohen’s nomination until July 10 to give Mariella Morales, the author of the letter and the former deputy executive director of the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development, the opportunity to testify before the committee. The confirmation hearing for the other judges up for nomination was subsequently pushed forward to the same date.
Christie's response soon thereafter was to pull all of the nominations.Read More >
TRENTON - A bill that eliminates permanent alimony and revises certain standards for alimony awards was passed today by the Senate by a 30 to 2 margin.
The alimony reform bill, the same version of which was passed by the Assembly by a 75-0-4 margin on June 26, establishes durational limits and enumerates certain factors concerning modification and termination of alimony.Read More >
Don't expect to see Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie at Mayor-elect Jose "Joey" Torres' swearing-in ceremony tomorrow.
"A scheduling conflict," explained the chair, who also leads the Passaic County Democratic Party that Torres defeated in becoming mayor.Read More >
NEWARK - When it comes to Newark School Superintendent Cami Anderson's leadership of the city's public schools, the view from Newark's streets in recent weeks to some resembles the view from the deck of the Titanic.
Anderson was appointed to head the state-run Newark school district, New Jersey's largest, by Gov. Chris Christie in 2011. The governor publicly stated in September 2013 that he planned to reappoint her, and that he did not care about community criticism.
Late Friday, the Christie administration announced that it had renewed Anderson's contract for three more years, and that Anderson will receive a 1.6 percent annual increase on her base salary of $251,500. In a statement, Anderson said that she was "honored to reaffirm my commitment" to her work, a record she has publicly maintained has included improved graduation rates, the hiring of more than four dozen new principals and a teacher contact that includes salary reforms and provisions for merit pay.Read More >
Due to be sworn-in tomorrow, Paterson Mayor-elect Jose “Joey” Torres has a full-fledged theatrical set-piece planned that will set Passaic County Democrats’ teeth grinding amid the fanfare.
Some publicly unresolved appointments also have Dems on edge.
With dramatic flair ripped straight from Hudson County’s Brian P. Stack (the Union City mayor and 33rd District state senator) and superimposed on Paterson, Torres has called on Republican Gov. Chris Christie to swear him into office.Read More >
TRENTON – Veteran state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-28) said he’s not especially worried about Newark right now in this budget process. It’s dangerous, but doable, he insisted.
“Newark is going to have to submit applications for some of its transitional aid – the date has been extended as it pertains to transitional aid,” said Rice, a backer of Mayor-elect Ras Baraka.
He blamed the administration of Acting Mayor Luis Quintana for not getting its applications in on time.Read More >
TRENTON – A lawmaker who represents Newark is pained by the early iterations of a budget that does not give the state’s biggest embattled city the boost he says it needs.
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28) and other members of the Essex County delegation sought $25 million in transitional aid for Newark.
That allocation is not in the $34.1 billion budget that both houses will consider today.
“We’re looking for that transitional aid,’ said the veteran Caputo (pictured, above right, with Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones). “We’re going to fight for that money. They have the responsibility to help this city. Ras Baraka should be congratulated instead of punished. If it’s all about getting even, what does that say to the citizens of Newark?”Read More >
HADDON HEIGHTS - At Governor Chris Christie's 122nd town hall meeting in Haddon Heights on Wednesday, Lindsay Fuller, a Beach Haven resident displaced since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, asked the governor a question apropos of the time in New Jersey: summer rental season.
"An [Ocean County] freeholder account of [rental properties] last June that would not be available on the rental market in Ocean and Monmouth counties was a total of 32,000, and of course we know that tourism in a big industry in the area. They just finished an account for this year, and it's 22,000 [rental properties]. That's still a pretty good hit. That's still people who won't come down the Shore and spend their money," said Fuller to Christie. "We know what the problem is - insurance companies, both homeowner and flood, are dragging their feet unbelievably. The Ocean County freeholders sent you a resolution asking you to tell the insurance commissioners to in turn tell the companies that when you get a claim, you've got 30 days. I need your help."Read More >
HADDON HEIGHTS - In his everyday life, Ricardo Rivera served his country in the U.S. Army and now serves his community as a surgical technician in a nearby Camden County hospital. But Rivera, 32, was compelled to come to Gov. Chris Christie's 122nd town hall meeting at Atlantic Avenue Elementary School in Haddon Heights on Wednesday for an elementary reason - to serve his 7-year-old daughter, who has had difficulty getting the medical marijuana she needs to fight the effects of the rare form of epilepsy she suffers from.
Fired up with frustration on his daughter Tatyana's behalf, Rivera stood up before more than 200 people in the school's packed gymnasium and called Christie out.
"Governor Christie, my daughter has been waiting for the [medical marijuana] program [to help her] for a year and a half. My daughter is withering away!" exclaimed Rivera, thrusting his finger at Christie moments before a cohort of state troopers and local police officers politely escorted Rivera out the gym door. "It's not right!"
Christie, silent, offered no comment.
In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com outside in the school parking lot, Rivera explained his problem with the state's medical marijuana law, also known as the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law by former Jon Corzine in January 2010 and enacted under the Christie administration in October 2010, as well as with his experiences at town hall meetings.Read More >
TRENTON – Fidgety members of the Democratic caucus fret that a deal between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) has already been cut, which explains the lack of dramatic intensity in a public game of chicken, sources say.
But the worry doesn’t really run too deep.
“They always play this game, it’s so hilarious,” said a source.
At least one member of the Democratic caucus in the lower house expressed dismay over the absence of Democratic leadership carrying a sustained critical message to Christie, who is committed to striking down the Democrats’ proposed tax hike.Read More >
Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.Read More >
Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...
By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups. But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >
"As soon as you step into the lake on foot or in a boat, you're in the state's domain. I feel bad for the snake, and I hope it gets rescued before it dies when it gets cold. It didn't mean to get let out there. This snake should be one thing we can get together on and not worry about party affiliation. Unless the snake's a Democrat." - Republican Mount Arlington Mayor Arthur Ondish- PolitickerNJ
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